The Detective Profession. An interview of detective Pelekasi Nikos in the magazine se-skepseis.gr
-How does one become a detective? Is there a school?
There is no school , they work near former police officers who maintain offices , get trained and then open their own offices.
-Do you need a licence?
Yes, from the Ministry of Citizen Protection which is renewable and can be revoked in case of violation.
-What is your role and activity?
We work to protect the interests of citizens. But several times we have been entrusted with public cases.
-Why would someone come to you when they can refer the case to the police? ;
Because many cases are not the responsibility of the police. The Police even if they have the competence cannot deal with each case individually, they see them as a whole.
-What is the largest percentage of cases, professional or private?
I can’t tell you the percentage because professional cases have a longer time frame while private investigations have a shorter time frame.
-What do clients ask for in personal and what in business?
In business they ask for information about competitors, products, executives, staff, reliability of partners-transactions, information leakage, theft of goods, etc. While in private premarital investigations ,extramarital investigations, child custody, theft, fraud, internet fraud check etc.
-When you say online check what do you mean?
Facebook virtual-fake profiles, threats, internet scams, extortion. Several times I have mentioned Facebook and social media in general. They are good but for those who make well-intentioned and limited use. A large percentage hide behind a computer to take out their aggression ,immorality ,adventurism and reap either mental or financial benefits. I confess that I too often draw some information from social media.
-What is the role of technology in your profession?
For someone who has the experience but cannot keep up with the technology, it is impossible to get positive results in a survey. Because times have changed and information is no longer carried by pigeons, smoke signals or messengers. You always need the right equipment for investigations.
-Is there cooperation with the police?
There is cooperation with the police and I would say quite good.
-Is the detective profession is dangerous?
It is quite difficult and several times we are exposed to danger, experience is essential because a mistake can bring opposite results and reset the research.
-How many years have you been in the profession?
First of all, I must confess to you that I come from the police, I served in the NSA and other secret services. I have been retired since 2000. I now have a national licence from the Ministry of Civil Protection and work as a private investigator.
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Article Editor: Katerina Kurakou